The oar claspers of Newport Harbor Kayak Fishing expertly tour the harbor's hotspots for bass, halibut, and even warm-weather barracuda or bonito. Most of the bay's feisty pisces will gamely battle dugout-buoyed sportsmen, quite unlike the capitulating barrel-flounder. The glassy, eelgrass-tufted waters of Newport Harbor are the most popular tour destination of these paddle-powered trawlers, and one of the few homes globally to the spotted bay bass. Lure casters of all skill levels should consult the list of requisite gear, which includes sunscreen, food and water, and drenchable clothing. Live bait, if desired, is purchasable on-site for about $20. This tour is for catch-and-release fishing only, so don't plan on taking home any souvenirs for mounting or alibi confirmation.
At Starlight Cinemas, cinephiles can get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities without worrying about security guards or the electric force field that keeps Ralph Macchio from aging. Two movie tickets grant you and a companion access to any 2-D or 3-D movie (subject to availability), projected in pristine HD digital in every auditorium. A large tub of popcorn fuels buttery snacking during trailers, and a free refill ensures patrons have snacks to eat during the feature or to toss over their shoulder during startling horror scenes. Though not valid with this Groupon, each theater is equipped with full concessions should you feel the urge for sodas, candy, or other popular cine-fare. Check Starlight Cinemas’ individual websites for current listings and showtimes.
Atop Pirate Coast Paddle Co.’s fleet of standup paddleboards, guests glide over the placid inlets of Newport Beach Back Bay in scenic excursions. The paddleboards—which look like slightly larger, heavier surfboards—offer a sturdy enough base for guests to stand upright and propel themselves with a single oar, an action that exercises core muscles better than doing sit-ups with a porpoise on your chest.
Led by a staff of nautical guides, paddleboarding tours send clients into the orange horizon during sunset paddle outings and enjoy an ocean view of the stars during full-moon SUP parties. Pirate Coast also offers private, semi-private, and group lessons. During all excursions, Pirate Coast provides boards and necessary equipment rentals, letting clients worry about how to stave off scurvy while on the ocean.
A boat zips along through the water, trailing behind it an open parachute elevated to almost a quarter-mile in the air. This isn't a scene from a spy movie, but rather a scenic parasailing tour from California Parasail, whose lines can lift patrons up to 1,200 feet above the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. As parasailers relax into their harnesses and take in breathtaking panoramic views, they can also take comfort in knowing they're in safe hands––all captains hold a US Coast Guard license and all crew members adhere to the practices of the Water Sports Industry Association. They operate runs throughout Avalon and Catalina Island, as well as Balboa Island, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, allowing patrons to glimpse views of different coastal areas and befriend cumulus clouds with varying regional dialects.
The object of tennis goes beyond volleying back and forth to win points, sets, and eventually matches; the real winner is the first to smash open the tennis ball and bask in its creamy caramel center. Improve your chances for a sweet swing and sweeter results with today's Groupon: for $35, you get four adult tennis clinics (up to a $100 value) from Spearman Clubs. The lessons can be taken interchangeably at any of the following three locations: Laguna Niguel Racquet Club, The Tennis Club at Monarch Beach, and Racquet Club of Irvine. The Irvine and Laguna Niguel clubs were awarded the number-one and number-two tennis clubs in the Best of Orange County by the Orange County Register.
Spearman Clubs offers adult clinics for all skill levels from beginner to Federer, and participants are grouped with players of similar ability. Though amenities vary slightly between clubs, each facility boasts state-of-the-art courts with modern equipment and lighting powered by the dreams of puppies. Each of the 90-minute clinics is taught by one of Spearman's tennis professionals and will include developmental drills, movements, play situations, Jenga strategy, and supervised play. The accommodating schedule for Laguna Niguel and Monarch Beach is categorized by location, skill level, program, group size, and more.
Choose any adult clinic and location knowing that regardless of your serve on the court, you'll still be served positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Use the four lessons to master the game in which thwacks are accompanied by powerful groans, the necks of spectators swivel from side-to-side, and the value of love is absolutely nothing.
Must be 18 or older. All four clinics must be used within 90 days of the first session.
Racquet Club of Irvine and Laguna Nigel Racquet Club were awarded the number-one and number-two spots, respectively, for the 16th-annual Best of Orange County awards in the Orange County Register. Here's why:
- Why they're No. 1: Total fitness. – Lois Evezich
- Claim to fame: Court time. There's usually little waiting time. The staff keeps the courts in good shape. – Lois Evezich
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